How to remember the planets

Introduction

If you have ever tried to memorize the order of the planets in our solar system, then you have probably found it to be pretty tricky if you don’t know any techniques to help you memorize easily.  In this article I will be showing you the mnemonic technique for memorizing things and I will show you how it can be used to help you to learn how to remember the planets.

The planets and their order

Before 1996 the planets consisted of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, however, after 1996 Pluto was downgraded to a ‘dwarf planet’ and no longer officially counts as a planet in the solar system!

planets in the solar system

I have included ways below to remember both the eight and nine planet solar systems.  I hope that they are useful to you!

Using mnemonics as a way to remember things

If you are looking to learn how to remember something, then you can use a mnemonic.  A mnemonic can be any memory technique that helps a person to remember things.  Common mnemonic techniques include using easy to remember rhymes or phrases as an aid to memory.  They work because the human brain finds it easier to remember related pieces of information, rather than data that is purely abstract.

Mnemonics to show you how to remember the planets

Mnemonics are a very common way to remember the order of the planets and this will be the method that we will use here.  You will find a number of mnemonics below to help you remember both the eight and nine planet solar systems.

All of the mnemonics below use a phrase-style mnemonic where the first letter for each word represents the first letter of the planets in order.

For example:

My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets
Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto

 

Look at the mnemonics below and choose one to memorize that you are likely to find easy to remember.

Common mnemonics for the nine planet solar system

The mnemonics below all include Pluto as a planet in the solar system.  This is no longer entirely correct, but I think that they tend to make more sense and be easier to remember than the eight planet ones (just remember that Pluto doesn’t officially count anymore).

  • My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets
  • My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nine Pickles

Common mnemonics for the eight planet solar system

  • My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos
  • My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Names
  • My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Uh-oh No Pluto (I like this one because, while it includes Pluto it also makes it very obvious that Pluto is no longer classed as a planet – so it can be used for both eight or nine planet solar systems!)

Conclusion

I hope that this has been useful to you and that you have found at least one phrase that you find easy to memorise.  Good luck!